27 February 2013

Egypt: Morsi Calls Absent Political Parties to Take Part in National Dialogue

President Mohamed Morsi called on political parties and powers that did not show up for a national dialogue session Tuesday 26/2/2013 to join the debates on parliamentary elections and government formation.

"Our revolution is great and we will continue to achieve its goals. I wish that all sides would participate in the dialogue and that those who are absent would join later," Morsi said during a keynote in the opening session of the dialogue that was aired live on state TV.

He urged all parties to give recommendations to guarantee the integrity of the parliamentary elections.

"All recommendations that will be put forward during today's dialogue on the integrity of the elections will be referred to the Higher Election Commission," he asserted.

"We will overcome all challenges facing us through our will and consciousness to move to a new system after all political issues are settled and the building of a legislative authority is completed," the president said.

He noted that the forthcoming elections will take place in four phases to be more comfortable for judges overseeing the vote, which will be secured by both the Interior Ministry and Armed Forces.

Morsi welcomed all parties attending the first session of the dialogue and voiced hope that those sessions would continue until the transitional period ends.

Morsi asserted that the integrity of the elections is the 'responsibility of all' and that he shoulders the greatest portion of that duty.

Morsi underlined that according to the constitution it was necessary to call for the elections within 60 days from the endorsement of the constitution.

He said that the coming elections represent the most important event in the history of Egypt's parliament, asserting his keenness on the integrity of the polls.

He added that the elections will take place under full judicial supervision and the judges will have the final say during that democratic process.

More than 50 bodies and associations including the United Nations, the European Union and Carter Center filed requests to take part in monitoring the elections, Morsi added.

About 90,000 permits will be issued to monitors to follow up the elections, he added.

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